8-bit Versions of Classic Paintings

Artist Joo Jaeblum has created 8-bit, pixelated versions of classic paintings by Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and others.

These cool paintings come to us from Incredible Things, and cover a wide variety of artistic movements.

First, we have Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”:

8 bit da Vinci painting

Next, here’s a version of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

Here’s an 8-bit version of one of Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits.

We move into weirder territory with Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.”

8-bit Klimt painting

The 20th Century also heralded the rise of even more abstract art movements like cubism, personified by Pablo Picasso.

8-bit Picasso painting

In the 1960s, pop art took off. Andy Warhol served as its figurehead with works like his famous ironic painting of a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup.


Turning regular art into 8-bit art seems to be a pastime for a lot of geeks. Perhaps for a lot of us the advent of high-resolution screens able to give fairly detailed renditions of things in the world makes us forget that computer graphics didn’t always look so realistic. With obviously pixelated artwork, nostalgic geeks can go home again, if only for a little while.

If you’re of a more radical bent, you might want to check out a portrait of hijacker Leila Khaled made using lipstick tubes. If you’re looking for something less overtly political, check out our post on a Super Mario Bros. quilt.